Programs & Services

Ripple Effect Aquatic Learning (REAL)

Current Program

Matt taking the classroom outside, teaching by song.

The Ripple Effect Aquatic Learning (REAL) program uses aquatic education and fly fishing to put an engaging spin on science. Since the connection between aquatic science and fly fishing is strong, REAL uses this relationship to help students gain an appreciation for their aquatic resources and learn a wonderful lifelong hobby along the way.  REAL is a place-based education program that utilizes resource professionals as visiting instructors and presenters.  

REAL consists of multiple lessons that teachers can pick and choose from that best suit their curriculum and classroom needs.  The program uses a mix of lecture and hands-on lessons through which students gain appreciation for their aquatic resources.

activities such as tying flies to imitate macro-invertebrates found in local waters, learning about invasive species and how to reduce their spread, discussions with local scientists to improve local biology knowledge, learning to test water quality, and much more.

The program takes a hands-on approach through which students gain appreciation of and a deep connection to the local environment. 

This program partners with a variety of community leaders including those from state and federal agencies, conservation non-profits, educators and parents. 

To learn more about the program or adopt it in your classroom, contact our Education Director at matt@stopais.org.